MAECI Scholarships

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) offers grants in favor of foreign citizens not residing in Italy and Italian citizens living abroad (IRE)* for the academic year 2018-2019 in order to foster international cultural, scientific and technological cooperation, to promote Italian language and culture and to support Italy’s economic system in the world.

The list of eligible foreign countries can be found on the website Study in Italy.

Grants opportunities

Grants for Master’s Degree courses are awarded for a period of study of 6 (six) or 9 (nine) months.
Admission to the first year of a Master’s Degree course in Italy requires the completion of a Bachelor’s degree in the applicants’ country of origin; admission to the second year is granted to applicants upon evidence to be on track with their first year studies.


Applicants for Master’s Degree should not be over 28 years old by the deadline of the call.
Proof of proficiency in Italian is not required for courses entirely taught in English. In this case applicants must provide a language certificate of their proficiency in English Language. The minimum level required is B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Funding period and submission of application

Applications must be submitted by 2 pm (Central European Time) April 30th, 2018.
Grants are awarded for a period of study from October 1st, 2018 to September 30th, 2019.

Selection and awarding of grants

Applications will be evaluated by a Committee set up by the Italian Diplomatic Mission accredited in the applicant’s country of origin. Grants will be awarded on the basis of a comparative assessment of applications according to the entry requirements and other criteria related to applicant’s cv. The relevant Diplomatic Mission will publish the list of grantees as well as a list of the best excluded, if any.

Terms of grant

Grantees may be exempted from the payment of enrollment and tuition fees.
Grantees will be covered by a health and medical/accident insurance contracted by MAECI for the entire duration of the grant.
Grantees will receive a € 900 monthly allowance on a quarterly basis, which will be paid on their Italian bank account.

The first installment of the grant can be received only after the completion of University enrollment and the submission of all the documents requested according to the necessary administrative procedures. The last installment of the grant will be paid only upon verification of satisfactory academic progress. 

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